Magazine stresses cultural awareness


Staff writer

A new look at cultures and diversity is the main focus of the Federal Way-based magazine, NSpirit.

Begun in February 2001 by Orisade Awodola, NSpirit is a monthly magazine bringing cultural awareness to readers in the Puget Sound area.

The magazine carries a column by founder Awodola, other columnists and features on local individuals.

Awodola says the magazine does stories on people of interest but not necessarily well-known people Ž“that inform readers and bring us together.Ž” The magazineŽ’s focus is on college students, business leaders and educators. Awodola hopes that NSpirit will be an incentive to create additional educational programs about different cultures.

Antonio Franklin, marketing director of NSpirit, said the hope is that the magazine is thought-provoking and will make people reflect about different cultures.

Ž“We wanted to create a venue that empowers people,Ž” said Awodola.

Besides work at NSpirit, Awodola is a student at Antioch University studying psychology. She has written a novel about overcoming her drug and alcohol abuse. ItŽ’s called Ž“The White Secret.Ž”

The magazine staff doesnŽ’t get paid for its work and is trying to build financial resources to make NSpirit successful.

NSpirit can be found at Federal Way, Tukwila, Puyallup, Seattle and Tacoma bookstores and at local libraries.

Staff writer Janica Lockhart can be reached at 925-5565 and

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